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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom 14th to 25th of November, 2011 a team from the Compex in Ruse conducted a training for the staff of ‘Nadezhda’ Home for Children Deprived of Parental Care. In response to a request from the children’s home, David Bisset – Project Manager and Lyubomira Lyubenova- psychologist conducted two workshops for the staff from the social institution for children from 3 to 7 years old.

One workshop was designed to help the participants understand the roots of aggressive behaviour and auto-aggression (self-harm) and to provide practical suggestions for reacting to these phenomena in the institutional setting. The second training focused on aspects of team building and organizational communication.

Participants were introduced to the latest studies on child aggression and introduced to particular cases from specialists in this area. There was also the opportunity to discuss specific cases and to share professional experience.

The point was to increase professional skills and to share modern approaches to dealing with aggressive behaviour among children while maintaining a non-coercive environment in which child rights take a pre-eminent position.

During the team-building sessions, participants had the chance to work in small groups and to develop skills for effective team interaction. The emphasis was on the provision of practical tasks oriented towards structured collaboration, clear communication and problem-solving while acting to deadlines.